What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo-American WorkPlace
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What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo-American WorkPlace

by Peter Boxall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801472814

ISBN-13: 9780801472817

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: Cornell University Press

This book brings together research in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to answer a series of key questions:* What opportunities do employees in Anglo-American workplaces have to voice their concerns and what do they seek?
• To what extent, and in what contexts, do workers want greater union representation?

Overview

This book brings together research in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to answer a series of key questions:* What opportunities do employees in Anglo-American workplaces have to voice their concerns and what do they seek?
• To what extent, and in what contexts, do workers want greater union representation?
• How do workers feel about employer-initiated channels of influence? What styles of engagement do they want with employers?* What institutional models are more successful in giving workers the voice they seek at workplaces?
• What can unions, employers, and public policy makers learn from these studies of representation and influence? The research is based largely on surveys that were conducted as a follow-up to the influential Worker Representation and Participation Survey (WRPS) reported in What Workers Want, coauthored by Richard B. Freeman and Joel Rogers in 1999 and updated in 2006. Taken together, these studies authoritatively outline workers' attitudes toward, and opportunities for, representation and influence in the Anglo-American workplace. They also enhance industrial relations theory and suggest strategies for unions, employers, and public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801472817
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: The Anglo-American Economies and Employee Voice   Richard B. Freeman   Peter Boxall   Peter Haynes     1
Can the United States Clear the Market for Representation and Participation?   Richard B. Freeman     25
Say What? Employee Voice in Canada   Michele Campolieti   Rafael Gomez   Morley Gunderson     49
What Voice Do British Workers Want?   Alex Bryson   Richard B. Freeman     72
Employee Voice in the Irish Workplace: Status and Prospect   John Geary     97
Australian Workers: Finding Their Voice?   Julian Teicher   Peter Holland   Amanda Pyman   Brian Cooper     125
Employee Voice and Voicelessness in New Zealand   Peter Boxall   Peter Haynes   Keith Macky     145
Employee Voice in the Anglo-American World: What Does It Mean for Unions?   David Peetz   Ann Frost     166
Why Should Employers Bother with Worker Voice?   John Purcell   Konstantinos Georgiadis     181
What Should Governments Do?   Thomas A. Kochan     198
Conclusion: What Workers Say in the Anglo-American World   Peter Boxall   PeterHaynes   Richard B. Freeman     206
References     221
Contributors     237
Index     241

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